Neuropsychological Assessment and HIV Infection


The Board of Directors and Council voted to adopt the following resolution on Neuropsychological assessment and HIV infection:

Whereas concern has been raised that some persons who are infected with HIV or diagnosed with AIDS experience intellectual, cognitive or neuropsychological difficulties;

Whereas many persons with HIV disease and AIDS do not have clinically significant intellectual, cognitive, or neuropsychological deficits;

Whereas establishing the existence of intellectual, cognitive, or neuropsychological impairment requires the use of reliable, valid and appropriate assessments;

Whereas HIV antibody and antigen testing determine only the presence of viral infection;

Whereas HIV serological screening is not a sensitive, specific, or appropriate indicator of intellectual, cognitive, or neuropsychological status;

Whereas determination of functional, intellectual, or cognitive impairment requires a direct psychological assessment of intellectual, cognitive, or neuropsychological status;

Resolution

Therefore, be it resolved that serological screening for HIV infection cannot be used to assess functional, intellectual, or cognitive impairment.


August 1991